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Wafd to supsend, not expel MPs

The Wafd party is likely to suspend rather than expel the six rebel members who ran and won seats in the second round against the party's pull-out decision

Ekram Ibrahim , Wednesday 8 Dec 2010
Badawi (Photo: Nasser Nouri)
Sayed El-Badawi, president of Wafd Party (Photo by Nasser Nouri)
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The Wafd party's leadership held two meetings today to reach a final decision on whether or not to dismiss six of its members who won seats in the second round of the parliamentary elections, having failed to abide by the party leadership's decision to pull out of the election.

The first meeting, of the executive bureau, put together the evidence of polling malpractices which predominated in the first round, this for presentation to a latter meeting of the party's supreme body. In that latter meeting, which is still going on, the party's senior leadership is said to be close to reaching a compromise position on the issue, which is to suspend, rather than expel the rebellious members.

In a stormy press conference last week, the Wafd said it will have norepresentation in the 2010-2015 parliament, in protest at "widespread rigging". The announcement came following a vote by the executivebureau to pull out of the second round of the poll.

 

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